Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Scientific seminar celebrating "90 years Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)"


On the morning of March 29, 2019, at the 3D Hall, the office of No.1 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, the Institute of Indian and Southwest Asian Studies (under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (Academy )) in collaboration with the Indian Embassy in Hanoi to organize a Scientific Seminar to celebrate "90 years Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)".

Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh delivered the opening speech at the seminar

Speaking opening the Seminar, Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh, Vice President of the Academy stated: Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a poet of Bengal, Brahman philosopher and nationalist in India. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, becoming the first Asian winner of the Nobel Prize. The song "God is the soul of all living beings" he composed in 1911 became the Indian national anthem since 1950. Tagore is not only a representative cultural representative of India but he is also a European poet. Asia was first awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and he was honored as one of the "unitary trio" of modern India, along with Mahatma Gandhi and Jawarharlal Nehru.

Throughout the career of composing Tagore has left mankind a massive volume of 42 plays, 12 novels along with hundreds of short stories, pen entries, essays, speeches, memoirs, 2000 paintings. drawing, over 2,000 songs and thus creating Rabindra Sangeet - an important Bengali music genre named after him. And perhaps, Tagore is the only poet in the world who has composed national anthem for both India and Bangladesh. However, Tagore's best contribution to the development of Indian and world literature is poetry with over 1,000 articles of 50 volumes of poetry. In it, the poem "The offering" (Gitanjali) includes many poems about religious philosophy, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. With this volume of poetry, he is considered a discovery of century poetry "one The great symbol incorporates itself with two quintessential sources of Asia - Europe ... People remember Tagore as a great thinker, many of Tagore's ideas became the topics of the heated debates of the Indian scholar.

Tagore's three days of visiting Saigon 90 years ago really became a memorable mark on the history of cultural exchange between Vietnam and India. According to the document collected by author Nguyen Duc Hiep in the book Saigon - Cho Lon, urban memories and people (Ho Chi Minh City Culture and Arts Publishing House, 2016), the Indian community in Saigon looks forward to a day. The closest to Tagore was to visit Cochinchina. In the middle of June 1929, Tagore had a trip to Saigon on his way home from Japan. Women 's News Newspaper describes: "When the ship docked, there was an office chief on the governor' s behalf on behalf of the government and Mr. Beziat, the Saigon Judge and many officials welcomed him, all boarded the ship to welcome his birth. People I have long longed to admire the face of a great poet, the people of Saigon today are satisfied ", the people of both Western and Vietnamese cities and numerous Indians gather and welcome home Very solemn poetry at the city's Opera House, Tagore was introduced to the intelligentsia, during his visit, Tagore was arranged to rest at the house of Diep Van Giap (member of the Board of Directors) at the corner of Legrand Street. de la Liraye and rue Barbet (now Dien Bien Phu - Le Quy Don) The highlight of Tagore's visit to Saigon is Sunday morning June 23, 1929, he visited the New Women editorial office at 42 rue Catinat ( now is Dong Khoi Street, District 1. This is both a newspaper headquarter and a high-end silk fabric business of Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen Duc Nhuan - this publisher.

Assoc Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Trung spoke at the seminar Overview of the Seminar

His typical poems are Poetry, Balaca, Gardener, Season of Fruit, and Birth Day. In the high school program in Vietnam, students are also familiar with this poet through many cited works.

Her eyes were sadly disturbed, her eyes wanted to question the meaning of his words, like the moon wanting to look at the sea floor.

He exposed his life naked to his eyes, he did not hide anything. That's why I don't know anything about you.

If my life is just a gem, I will beat it into a hundred pieces and string it into my neck.

If his life is just a small, beautiful, fragrant flower, he will cut it off and install it on my hair.

(Poem love number 28, translation of Dao Xuan Quy)

Attendees took souvenir photos at the Seminar

Summary of Seminar Assoc. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Trung, Director of the Institute of Indian and Southwest Asian Studies said: Three days to visit Saigon byTagore 90 years ago has really become a memorable milestone in the history of Vietnam - India cultural exchange . Starting in 1961, the translation of typical Tagore works into Vietnamese has attracted a lot of attention. So far, many of Tagore's works have been translated and included in textbooks of schools and universities in Vietnam. That shows when humanity is faced with new harsh challenges. Tagore has always been remembered as a great poet, a steadfast humanist, supporting the spirit of international solidarity, opposing narrow nationalism. Tagore is always considered a thinker, giving oppressed peoples confidence in equality, integration and solidarity; Studying his thoughts is to uphold the spirit of solidarity, equality, charity, towards good and humane things, among peoples and people. The seminar really became a useful academic forum, contributing to promoting the friendship and mutual understanding between the two Vietnamese and Indian countries.

Pham Vinh Ha


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